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Honeyed Apple-Cranberry Fried Pies

Yield Makes 1 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries*
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

How to Make It

  1. Cook first 5 ingredients and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon in a large saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until apples are tender. Cool completely, and drain.

  2. Roll piecrusts to 12-inch circles; cut each crust into 9 (4-inch) circles.

  3. Spoon 1 level tablespoon fruit mixture onto half of each pastry circle. Moisten edges with water; fold dough over fruit mixture, pressing edges to seal. Crimp edges with a fork dipped in flour.

  4. Pour oil to depth of 1/2 inch into a large heavy skillet; heat to 350°. Fry pies, in batches, 2 minutes on each side. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar and remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and sprinkle over hot pies.

  5. *Thawed frozen cranberries or dried cranberries may be substituted for fresh cranberries.